Monthly Archives: April 2012

London 1012 Velodrome – Hopkins Architects

London firm Hopkins Architects have completed the Velodrome, the first of the five permanent venues on the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped steel-framed structure sits on a 360 degree glazed concourse at entry level, and is clad in timber with little apertures to allow for natural ventilation.
The lightweight, double-curving, cable-net roof structure was designed to reflect the shape of the cycling track. 48,000 cubic metres of material was excavated to create the bowl in which the building sits. The London 2012 Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic indoor cycling events and also includes changing rooms, retail facilities, workshop and a viewing concourse.

Broom Chair – Philippe Starck

This stacking chair by French designer Philippe Starck is made of discarded material found in lumber factories and industrial plastic plants.

The reclaimed polypropylene and discarded wood-fibre can eventually be recycled and turned into a new wood-plastic composite, extending the lifespan of the waste materials even further. 

El Palauet

In its latest incarnation, Barcelona’s El Palauet is now appearing as a most desirable home away from home. Six luxurious apartments, each approximately 150 square meters in size and designed to please even the most demanding traveler, are available for rent for stays of three days or longer.

With the confident charm of the well-lived and well-looked-after, the 1906 modernist building’s residences ooze affluence, elegance and tradition, while at the same time sporting the latest technology, connectivity and gadgets.

The beautiful details and ornamentation of the building are matched by the high-end designer interiors and furnishings throughout the apartments, and in the common spaces. A private spa with a Finnish sauna is open exclusively for the guests and located on the terrace that opens to views of Passeig de Garcia and the Tibidado mountain. A-la-carte hotel services from daily breakfasts to private chefs and butlers are also available.

Deskbox – Raw Edges

Shown at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile for Dutch brand Arco, Deskbox can be fixed to a wall and acts as a shelf and container when closed.

A parallel mechanism, similar to that used in compartmentalised sewing boxes allows the front section to hinge down and provide a flat surface for working on. 

Design of the Year 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Torch by east London designers BarberOsgerby has been awarded as Design of the Year in a ceremony at the Design Museum in London.

Seven Category awards were also presented at the ceremony:
The Architecture Award went to the London 2012 Velodrome.

The Fashion Award went to Issey Miyake 132.5 collection.
The Digital Award went to Kinect by Microsoft.
The Transport Award went to the redesign of the Emergency Ambulance.
The Graphic Award went to Nokia Pure, a font design that can adjust to all languages.

The Furniture Category was won by recent RCA graduate Kihyun Kim for his balsa wood 1.3 Chair.

1.3 Chair – Ki Hyun Kim

Here is a project by Royal College of Art graduate Ki Hyun Kim: a balsa wood dining chair that weights just 1.3 kilograms, making it even lighter than Gio Ponti’s famous 1.7 kilogram Superleggera chair.

The chair is made of compressed balsa wood protected by hardwood veneer to give it structural stability and a tough outer shell, while keeping it much lighter than Gio Ponti’s 1957 effort.

London Tube Map – Mark Noad Design

London designer Mark Noad has revamped the London Underground map to be more geographically accurate. The diagram uses lines set at 30 and 60 degree angles, unlike the original map by Harry Beck that uses 45 degrees angles only. Station names are typed in a more space-efficient font that can be easily read on mobile devices as well as in print.

House With Eaves and an Attic – ON Design

The huge tiled roof that wraps around this Tokyo house integrates arched windows and openings for tree branches.

Designed by Japanese architects ON design, the house conceals two of its three storeys behind the overhanging roof, which also shelters a stretch of land around the building’s perimeter.
There are no windows on the low-ceilinged middle floor, as it is only used for storage.
The only bedroom is located on the ground level, while living rooms occupy the top floor.

Gentle – Front

The flexible back of this chair by Swedish designers Front comprises a thick spring wrapped in black leather.

Presented for Italian brand Porro in Milan, the Gentle chair has a matching black leather seat but pale wooden front legs, which continue up and around the backrest in one loop to form arms.